Preventing a problem is always easier (and cheaper!) than having to get it fixed, and that’s exactly the approach we take here at Family Dentistry Rick Redmond, DMD. With regular checkups, cleanings, and the other services outlined below, Dr. Redmond can proactively help patients avoid common oral health issues so they can enjoy strong smiles free of cavities and gum disease. Is it time for you or your child’s next checkup and cleaning? If so, be sure to call us today!
Whether someone is just getting their first teeth or is already enjoying their golden years, Dr. Redmond recommends that people of all ages should receive a professional checkup and cleaning at least twice a year. By coming to see him on a routine basis, Dr. Redmond can find and treat potential problems early before they can cause real headaches, saving patients from needing more extensive services. Plus, a cleaning from one of our hygienists can remove harmful plaque and tartar to stop cavities before they even start.
When you wake up in the morning, do you usually have a sore jaw and/or headache to greet you? Do your teeth look worn down and flat? If so, then you may be suffering from bruxism, or unconscious teeth grinding and clenching. For many patients, this only occurs while they are asleep, making it a nearly impossible habit to break. To help patients keep their smiles in one piece, Dr. Redmond can have them wear a protective nightguard to bed. This small mouthpiece places a thin barrier between the rows of teeth to prevent any harmful contact during the night.
During your regular checkups, Dr. Redmond will also keep an eye out for a problem much more serious than cavities and gum disease—oral cancer. Over 50,000 people are diagnosed with it in the U.S. every year, and up to 25% of cases are found in young, healthy people who don’t engage in typically risky behaviors like tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. Early detection is key to successfully treating the disease, but the initial symptoms can be easy to miss. Fortunately, nothing gets past Dr. Redmond’s trained eyes. If he finds any indications of precancerous or cancerous tissues in a patient’s mouth, he can help them get the follow-up care they need right away.
If you were to look at all the oral healthcare products in your home right now, probably 99% of them have added fluoride. Why? Because when it’s exposed to the teeth, this mineral actually strengthens the enamel and reverses the early stages of tooth decay. That’s why we recommend that every patient should brush with a fluoridated toothpaste and get a topical fluoride treatment during their checkups with us. With this combination, you and your entire family can easily avoid cavities for years at a time.